Kahlon: Bill Blocking Probes of Sitting Prime Minister Won’t Even Get to Knesset for a Vote

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Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, October 30, 2017.
Israeli Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon, October 30, 2017.Credit: Emil Salman

Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon told his Kulanu party’s MKs on Monday that the bill that would restrict police investigations of a sitting prime minister (which has been dubbed “the French law”) probably would not make it to the Knesset for a vote.

“The prime minister doesn’t want any law to defend him. As far as I now, the law will not be submitted. The issue is behind us,” he said. Last week Kahlon told his party’s legislators that they would be free to vote their conscience on the bill.

Netanyahu said Sunday that he wasn’t interested in the bill. “Regarding the French law, I’m saying here clearly: I’m not interested in any law that relates to the investigations currently being conducted against me, or that are being conducted that aren’t connected to me,” he said.

The bill is being promoted by coalition whip David Bitan and Knesset Interior and Environment Committee Chairman David Amsalem, both of Likud. On Sunday Bitan demanded a vote on the bill by the Ministerial Committee for Legislation, but Habayit Hayehudi refused to support it.

Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit last week said that he believed the bill constituted “a serious blow to the rule of law.”

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